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Christmas food from around the world you can’t miss.

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Christmas food is a very important part of Christmas celebrations all across the globe. One cant imagine Christmas without the Christmas lunch or dinner and the desserts that each and every house prepares. Each and every country or region has its own special dish and way to welcome this day. We have spoken about the Christmas desserts from a few countries in an earlier article. Today we shall look at some yummy Christmas dishes.

Japan: –

Japan has a very unique story to share with the rest of the world. The Country has a minority of Christians and till not too long ago, they didn’t really know how best to celebrate this day. Around 1970 KFC (Yes Kentucky Fried Chicken) put together a brilliant marketing plan. They put together a KFC Christmas bucket. Since Japan didn’t have a Christmas tradition, they helped Japan make one. They started selling the KFC Christmas bucket and started advertising as if that was “TRADITION”.

This acquired tradition is a major hit as almost 3.6 million Japanese families eat KFC on Christmas eve and if are in Japan around Christmas time, make sure you book your Christmas food bucket 2 months in advance.

Norway: –

For Norwegians have a special dinner with friends and family for Christmas. A typical Norwegian Christmas dinner would have more than one of these typical Christmas dishes. Smalahove is a whole, steamed sheep’s head on the table, that could be a bit intimidating for many. Other popular dishes are Rakfisk – a trout or char that has been salted and fermented for 2 to three months. Then there’s Ribbe which is pork ribs with fat, said to provide energy. Lutefisk, is dried cod soaked in a lye solution, then boiled or baked and served with butter, salt, and pepper. These are mostly dishes that are meant for Christmas celebrations.

Mexico & Costa Rica: –

Costa Rica and Mexico share a very similar food, though the exact recipe is so versatile that it differs from household. Every family adds their own twist to it to make it a special one. So you may actually have many different versions of the same dish Tamales. Traditionally, it is a corn dough, wrapped in banana leaf or corn husk and then steamed. The inside stuffing is what differs from one family to another and you may find all sorts of ingredients like pork, beef, mutton, chicken, fish and vegetable.

In Mexico, families usually meet up for Tamales making party in the days before Christmas also known as Tamalada.

Christmas Pudding (England): –

Christmas pudding, a brown pudding with raisins, nuts, and cherries (similar to fruitcake) is a key Christmas tradition. It is in fact a tradition in Ireland, some other European countries and in some parts of US as well. Primarily made of suet, egg, molasses, spices, and dried fruits, Christmas pudding is set alight with brandy immediately before it is served. It is also better known as plum pudding in some parts of Europe.

Sweden: –

Sweden celebrates Christmas with its favorite Christmas food – Julbord. It is a traditional three course meal where in the first dish is usually Fish. A preparation of Herring fish in pickles. Next would-be cold cuts including Christmas ham and sausages. Finally, meatball with potatoes. Along with these dishes come with Rice pudding as a dessert and another Christmas Special – Saffron Buns.

Its that time of the year that one looks forward to after the ups and downs that every individual goes through during the year. A time to celebrate, to indulge and to introspect. A time to gather yourself and set yourself up for the year to come and a lot more.

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